Hop-a-lot-amus | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AltBock on 12-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with an orangish hue and 2 finger white head

smell: hops, citrus, sweet malts,

taste: citrus hops, with a bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

drinkability: not a bad double ipa. could be alittle more balanced.



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Photo of ism
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a 2-finger taupe head. Excellent retention with artful rings all the way down.

Nose has a distinct tartness to it, creating a bright but deep fruit character, with a subtle earthiness and pine note to balance it.

Good carbonation, grapefruit and orange zest on top of caramel, some bread graininess that lends to dryness. Dry finish with pine, a nice lingering as pleasing as the initial sip. Balanced but not terribly intriguing.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly acerbic character, and alcohol is hidden well. A meal unto itself.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow/light-orange with fluffy white head that lasts at least a few minutes,leaving a nice thick trace of solid lacing.

Nice caramel malty sweetness which is then interrupted by some hoppy bitterness. Good hoppiness, but not as much as there should be for a DIPA.

Medium body, hides the 8.5% very well, well carbonated, making this too easy to drink more than a few of.

Well done. While it could be hoppier, it is well-balanced and makes an excellent liquid meal.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, slightly cloudy gold with some degree of head retention. A small degree of lacing through the tasting.
Smell: Light aroma of citrus hops, a little grassy in nature as well.
Taste: Quick cresendo to the hop kick- piney and grassy hop notes with a malt background that is quite bready. The hops do take the lead in this tasting over the malts, but not by much. The bitterness lasts through to the end of the taste, also resulting in a fairly dry finish. The alcohol in this beer appears about halfway through with a subtle warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and feel; the hoppy bitterness keeps the taste buds on edge.
Drinkability: The bitterness and higher ABV will limit consumption. More geared toward the hop lover.

Overall- Probably not the best DIPA- but not bad. Personally, I tend to prefer better-balanced DIPAs. Quality effort by River Horse.

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Photo of nbbd
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Like the cloudy chestnut color. Looks fairly effervescent.

s: Grapefruit, dried grassy aromas... Hopped for sure!

t; First sip, Sweet. Surprised me a bit, Very front of the tongue sugar/raw sugar quality- fades to a quick berry then woody - not oaky but something - before the bitter grapefruit rind gets to the back to the tongue

m: The sips rides the tongue similar to the way the taste does. Nice carbonation balanced with the astingincy of the hops and alcohol

I want another! But do not feel this beer with serve well with dinner. Id like to try it with a stilton- I see the creaminess going well with the mouth feel..

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Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy deep amber with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves a tremendous amount of lacing as it fades.

S: Piny hops with citrus overtones and a bit of biscuity malt.

T: The front is slightly sweet, but the hops quickly jump in a dominate all the way to the aftertaste. There is some interplay between the pine and citrus aspects of the hops toward the center, before the bitter bite kicks in for the finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a fair bit of carbonation that prevents your tongue from feeling like it's been dipped in hop resin.

D: Since I can get this fresh, and the west coasters are not, I drink quite a bit of this one.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into large snifter glass. review from notes.

Pours a fairly clear copper color with amber hues, as a light off-white head bubbles up which dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing spins around the glass while drinking, but also fades over time.

A fragrant floral nose emits herbs, citrus, and a light touch of malt.

The hops create a decent dryness, which is quickly followed by a somewhat surprising malty backbone. Notes of caramel, citrus, and pine permeate the palate, but feel slightly muddled amongst the dryness and alcohol warmth towards the end.

Heavier medium body, pretty crisp drinking, with pleasant effervescence. The higher alcohol content is masked pretty well until the end, although there's definitely a lingering presence on the back end. A middle of the road DIPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by matt9875.

The beer appears a slightly hazy shade of orange with a moderate head and fair lacing. The aroma is a balance of malt and hops, which I always find disappointing in a DIPA. For what it is, the beer tastes OK. If it was hoppier, I'd be happier, nawmsayin? The feel is pretty good, with the alcohol content disguised fairly well. The beer finishes bitter with a trace of alcohol. Overall, an OK beer, but nowhere near the elites of the style.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I get into this review, I just have to mention how much I love this beers name. Nice work.

Hop-a-lot-amus is served up a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a bit of copper to it. The head is parchment and looks quite sticky. It leaves stubborn lace behind as I drink.

The aroma is quite alluring. It has plenty of grapefruit and piney hops, but with a bit of earthy spice as well that adds a nice dimension. This smells like it is also going to be pretty balanced and has a good caramel malt component to it.

The flavor of the hops hit first and they hit pretty hard. Plenty of the same grapefruit and pine that I got in the nose are also present in the taste. The earthy spice also makes an appearance, and as the flavors mingle in my mouth a solid malty base comes into focus. It is nice and bready with hints of caramel and a bit of a fruity apricot like component. I am sure a lot of people would find this IPA too malt forward, but I think it stays just shy of being too malty.

This brew is medium bodied, but I would say it is noticeably fuller than most other of this style. It has a good amount of carbonation and finishes quite well with both the sweet and bitter components settling out well on the palate.

This is one of the two best beers that River Horse makes and possibly the best Jersey brewed IPA. It is a bit quirky, but that just makes it more interesting. Probably not for everyone, but I think it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I have yet to be wowed by something from River Horse, with a name like Hop-A-Lot-Amus I had to give it a try.
The pour isn't very exciting. Not a whole lot of head forms and nothing in the way of lacing is left behind. The body is a hazy amber color.
Scent and flavor profiles make me think more along the lines of an imperial amber ale than an imperial IPA. Notes are sweet tea with some pine resin flavor and bitterness. Nothing off putting, just a bit muddy.
Pretty easy to drink overall. The level of carbonation makes this reasonably refreshing and the lingering bitterness is appropriate.
The hop burps are pretty pleasing. The gimmick is great, the recipe could use some work.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours opaque cloudy reddish brown. Little foam. Clear top.

Strong pine smell. Some citrus.

Firm hop taste. Bitter start to finish with strong aftertaste. Some malt.

Firm carbonation in the mouthfeel, all wrapped around the hops.

Tough drinker, good taste though. Enjoy and move to something easier.

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Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. This beer struck me as many east coast double ipa's do. It was a little all over the place. Hops not present enough, too much alcohol flavor. Too much malt.

The color was a cloudy copper with a bunch of carbonation. Actually looked pretty good coming up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma was weak for a double ipa, a little malty, not much hops. Flavor, as said earlier, was a little on the strong side, not enough hops and intense on the malt.

At 8.5 percent alcohol, it was able to drink a glass without feeling wasted but in general it was not what I called a great double india pale ale.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this beer should have lots of hops, assuming the name. It's a dark golden colored beer with a nice fluffy off-white head. The liquid is hazy, with lots of floaties. Medium carbonation. The aroma is of earthy, herbal hops. Not as citric as I expected...it's a very vegetal, leafy hop smell. The taste is really where the name comes through...very intense and bitter hop sensation. Moderately dry, the beer has an incredibly rich hop flavor. Long-lasting bitterness. Full in body, the moderate dryness makes it easier to drink. Overall, it's good, but could use a bit more balance (although I suppose that goes against the concept).

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Photo of cooch69
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop-a-lot-amus pours into a tulip glass a hazy golden orange. It had a small loose head that dissipates pretty quickly and there are a small amount of floaters in there.

This beer smells of pine resin, grapefruit, fresh mowed grass, alcohol and a bit of a pale maltiness in the back.
This beer is semi sweet and full of fresh grapefruit and clean piney hops. A bit sappy. It has a smooth pale malt finish. This is a vibrant and lively beer with an assertive hoppiness but not very strong.
*Note that my beer reviews are based purely on style. I'm not a huge hop fan and I'd rate this a bit lower for my own personal taste opinions.

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Photo of cbutova
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy amber with a big fluffy white head. Great head retention and a huge pillow atop the beer. Tons of lace even when the head is just falling.

S- Smells sort of like sour pineapple citrus juice. Slight caramel malt and some pine.

T- Strong because the hop and malt flavors are sort of weak letting some alcohol shine through. Hops lend some bitter pine and slight tropical fruit/citrus/grapefruit. A decent amount of caramel malt in the finish.

MF- Somewhat watery moderate body. Carbonation is pretty low and there is a light bitterness in the finish.

DB- The bitter grapefruit and alcohol sort of take over and throw the balance off. I enjoy it a bit but it is somewhat tiring. Not bad but I have certainly had IIPAs that were several leagues higher than this.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy deep dark golden with a large off white head. Leaves gobs of lacing on the glass.

S - the aroma is lots of piney citrus hops, along with some caramel notes and toasty breadyness.

T - lots of hops. Like quite a bit of hops. Did I mention this beer is hoppy? Well it is. But it is still quite balanced. The malt profile is flavorful enough to stop the grapefruit flavor from being overwhelming. Touch of alcohol warming on the finish.

M - slick. High carbonation, yet still fairly smooth.

D - it is a pretty hard hitting ale but one with lots of tasty hop flavor. One of the standout river horse brews.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent drinkable DIPA, leafy resiny hops. A melange of hops, but enjoyable as a pint. Some hoppy aroma. Not as bitter as rated, decent colour in body with some foamy head.Average for style, neither offensive nor extraordinarily tasty.Malty sweetness kees it drinkable.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is all kinds of citrus. Pretty intense Cascade hop aromas (just guessing). Some bready and caramel malts make an appearance but are not the star.

The hops are definitely the star but unfortunately not in a good way. The beer improves as it warms and is a pretty decent balance of hop bitterness and flavor. Citrus and fruitiness are the other main characteristics of this beer; a plus of this beer is the fact that is does not ruin/dominate your palate and you can finish it an move on w/o needing a pretzel/cracker to clean up a resiny hop mouth. This beer is fairly oily and a bit chalky. Good carbonation. Decent, but average like all the rest of the offerings from Riverhorse.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls on. This bullet pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam, which doesn't feel like hanging around too long. The nose finds itself a battleground for domination between sharp grapefruit and lime on the one hand and decidedly sweet caramel on the other. The taste seems to give victory to the caramel, but the fruits remain, forcing at best a Pyrrhic win for the Malties. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly sticky feel. Overall, a nicely balanced DIPA, one that provides a good amount of flavor without going overboard.

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the River Horse brewery. The folks are incredibly nice and the brewery still has a small-shop feel.

That said, Hop-a-lot-amus is bit disappointing. It doesn't have the strong hoppy smell you might expect from a monster IPA and it's hit your tounge with bitterness, it's almost too sweet.

A: Light brown, very little head

S: Sugary, almost skunky smell.

T: For a double, it tastes a bit sweet. Considering the beer is 8.5%, the alcohol is actually somewhat subdued for a heavy beer.

M: Great bubbles. I really like the carbonation.

D: Decent IPA, I expect more from RH though considering how great there oter beers are.

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Photo of printsandpints
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is quite citrusy for a DIPA. Despite the large amount of citrus, there is quite a bit of hops and bitterness as you would expect with a DIPA. The finish is pretty weak though and it doesn't stick with you as some other stronger beers tend to do.

A: A nice dark amber color with a nice fog.

S: Very sweet and fruity with hints of spiciness from my guess is the hops

T: Exceptionally fruity for a DIPA but with some definite hops in there as well.

M: Smooth with a bit of chewiness.

D: Very easy to drink... I would have another if I didnt buy a single.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger, bubbly, hazy chesnut coloring.

s- nice hop aroma, fruity, somewhat dry, theres a bit of spice here i can't put my finger on, sweet.

t- sweet, interesting - wonder which hops are in this? fruity, herbal, little kick shows the strength, vanilla? pepper, not the best for a dipa.

m- medium.

d- okay, i wouldn't seek this one out again, mainly just because it had a couple off flavors and wasn't overly hopped for a dipa.

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Photo of chefkevlar
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy orange/brown with a fluffy light tan colored head.

S: Orange, yeasty, a little sweet and spicy, not as much of a hop nose as I figured

T: Sweeter than I expected at first, with a citrus note. The hop bitterness is present though and stays at the back of your tongue for a while. Overall though with a name like Hop-a-lot-amos I expected more of a hop-forward flavor profile

M: The good amount of carbonation gives this a nice velvety mouthfeel

D: Fairly drinkable because it's not a huge palate destroying hop-bomb

Overall: this is probably not the beer for you if you like super hoppy DIPAs, but it's a solid beer and should be approcable to a lot of people who want to try DIPAs

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Photo of mrgrinch
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A copper yellow with a healthy head and adequate carbonation. Served in a plastic sample cup at the brewery so I cannot comment on the clarity.

Smell - Wonderful flowery smell with a sweet boozy nose.

Taste - Super hoppy, but not as killer as the Hop Hazard.

Mouthfeel - Thick and smooth.

Drinkability - A bit on the high-alcohol side for me, but certainly more drinkable than the Hop Hazard. If you are trying to decide between the two, this one gets my vote.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip glass.
Hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smell is of alcohol and herbal and spicy hops. Interesting. Taste is quite bitter and boozy. Some citrus flavors and some spicy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fluid and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, an average DIPA. Too bitter and not a whole lot of hop flavor.

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Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 390 ratings
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